Something For The Weekend? Three Power Pop Bands

This weeks pack of three feature three bands tagged as “Power Pop” on Bandcamp. Charm – No Gasoline/Second Chance Ontario’s Charm specialise in producing music that has it’s heart slam dunked into the power pop sounds of yesteryear. Taking their cue from the late 1970s and early 1980s new wave scene these two tracks bring joy to my retro heart. Second Chance is particularity strong and I keep thinking Blondie for some reason. Enjoyable stuff! Radioactivity – Erased Many of the tracks tagged as power pop I have been listening too recently have been slow burners going nowhere or shuffling … Continue reading Something For The Weekend? Three Power Pop Bands

Ogikubo Station – Okinawan Love Songs

The opener on this EP Would I Break My Heart Enough For You is not far from being the perfect jangling indiepop song. The way the guitars skirt along the punk-pop borders with the female vocals joining in puts it right straight into C86 territory. Spend Some Time With Me is a mix of punk vibes mixed with power pop and is both short and sweet. However, I am not sure about the last track Dr Worm which is a bit too “arty-farty” for me, but I am sure many will appreciate the Talking Heads/Tina Weymouth post-punk vibe. That said … Continue reading Ogikubo Station – Okinawan Love Songs

Cold – Disasters

Disasters seems to be the debut release from German post-punk band Cold. Opener The Evil Moon is the ideal track to grab your attention fusing fuzzy guitars and female vocals to great effect. There is a brief interlude with 37 seconds of what sounds like noises in a haunted cellar in the shape of //////////////////// before it’s followed by Ashes. That too is an attention grabbing track which, like The Evil Moon before it, is due to the way the singer sings supplementing the power-pop/punk pop guitars and pounding drums. Both tracks are easily retained in the listener’s memory. That … Continue reading Cold – Disasters

Records I Like Podcast January 2019

This month’s podcast features a selection of the best tracks to be released in January plus a few from the end of 2018 that slipped through the net. A glorious mix of indiepop, garage, janglepop and shoegaze if I do say so myself. Enjoy! Full Track Listing 01. Beauty Parlour – Chance On You Taken from the Fall In Love EP 02. Bobkat’65 – Four Times A Fool The new single out now on Get Hip Recordings. 03. Westkust – Swebeach Lead single from the forthcoming slef titled album. 04. Strange Passage – Shouldn’t Be Too Long Title track from … Continue reading Records I Like Podcast January 2019

The Belafontes – Roll On

The Belafontes have compiled the four tracks they have released on bandcamp over the past year and released them on vinyl and cassette formats alongside the usual digital ones. But like me you should have these four tracks already no? You can read what I thought about Where the City Meets the Sea & Gemini. I am not sure why I have not mentioned the other two. Suffice to say they are both also fine examples of punk/surf pop. Whenever I play The Belafontes I get a feel good boost. Why don’t you get a sugar rush too? Pre-order from … Continue reading The Belafontes – Roll On